When I first received an email request from Kimberly about their wedding at Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa, CA I knew this was going to be a very special and unique day. Fifteen years ago at a job training on February 1st 2003 , Kimberly and Kevin met each other and soon after that they started dating. Nine years ago, on March 20, 2009 while Kevin had been carrying the ring around in his shirt pocket he kneeled and proposed to Kimberly at Union Square in San Francisco where they have spent a lot of time together during the years they dated and with a giant smile from ear to ear she said yes.
It is special relationship, one that not many of us have the chance to experience it, one that requires a lot of patience and care for each other. In the early years of their relationship, Kimberly would help Kevin over the weekends with some college classes. Kevin would pick her up on a sunny Saturday afternoon and go on a long drives sometimes to san Francisco other times to places that have never been before , just to talk and be together. They have been motivating each other at work and life, both having a wit sense of humor made each other laugh and enjoying life together while creating memories for a lifetime. Kimberly and Kevin have been sharing more and more similar values while growing up in their relationship through the fifteen years of being together. Values and actions of devotion, patience and care made them realized their destiny together to share lifelong commitment and love. And on February 1st, 2018 in a beautiful sunny late afternoon they promised each other to comfort and protect each other and to love. Forever.
Their ceremony and reception took place at Bull Valley Roadhouse, settled in the historic downtown of Port Costa, CA. If you live in the Bay Area and never heard about Port Costa you know you are not the only one. But if you have a chance to go there you must visit it.
Since, Kimberly and Kevin decided to have a first look photos , we decided to do those at a location closed to Port Costa. Kevin was super nice to check Briones Regional Park in the Martinez side and he wrote me that the place was absolutely beautiful. Knowing from our conversation that they like nature and they live in the area I thought that this will be the perfect place for their portrait session. I scouted the location before they showed up and found a magical forest with shade and sparkling sunlight coming out of the far distance behind the trees. We did have to walk about ten minutes to the location, but it was all worth it. It was a very special place I thought , so intimate and so spiritual.
Kimberly and Kevin, words can't describe how honored I was to be a part of that very special day for you and your families: THANK YOU , thank you for believing in me and making me feel like the luckiest photographer to document the story of your love and happiness. Much Love and appreciation....Stani !
menu with the bride and groom names on top and the date of their wedding day
First look photos at Briones Regional Park in Martinez , CA . Emotional and excited Kimberly walked behind Kevin. Kevin, thrilled to see his bride and wife to be.
magic of love and happiness in the middle of the woods
Formal Portraits were done before the ceremony so we have some more time for the bride and groom extra photos after, plus teh timeline didn't allow much time for formal portraits after the ceremony.
Bull Valley Roadhouse has a permanent knot where the wedding ceremony takes place.
A long table set for 24 guests . menu was printed at the restaurant with family shared plates and decorated with a flower on top of the plate. Simple and Elegant.
Cake was made by Alpine Pastry and Cakes and decorated by the florist Anne Mendenhall . White , navy blue and organic natural elements were the wedding decoration and accents.
Twenty four of the closets family and friends gathered to celebrate Kevin and Kimberly's love and marriage.
Many thanks to all the amazing vendors who made that celebration possible :
Venue: Bull Valley Roadhouse - Tuala Garcia-Zuazua
Florist: Anne Mendenhall Flowers
Cake: Alpine Pastry and Cakes
Officiant: Scott Gillespie
Bridal Dress: Adrianna Papeell
Shoes: Michael Kors